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Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland

"The Leading Men IV,' a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was held Monday, May 11, at 7pm at Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. As part of the long-running Broadway at Birdland series, it featured top singers from Broadway and cabaret. John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek The Musical) once again hosted, and Emmy-nominated writer, host and comic Seth Rudetsky returned as musical director, along with director Alan Muraoka (NAATCO's Falsettoland).

"The Leading Men IV" concert series is produced by Wayman Wong, who edits entertainment for the New York Daily News. He originated and wrote 'The Leading Men" column for Playbill from 2003-2006. Since 2005, the "Leading Men' concerts have raised thousands of dollars for Broadway Cares, and alumni from the three previous soldout shows include: Matt Cavenaugh, Cheyenne Jackson, Aaron Lazar, Matthew Morrison, Hugh Panaro, Daniel Reichard, Jai Rodriguez and Christopher Sieber.

Monday night's concert also set a record as the highest-grossing 'Leading Men' benefit ever (over $2,000 more than last year). It raised $10,100 in ticket sales and another $1,000 in autographed posters and contributions.

Song List:

Tony Yazbeck: "Marry Me a Little" ("Company") by Stephen Sondheim

Michael Kadin Craig: "More" by Michael Patrick Walker

Nicholas Rodriguez: "Just in Time" ("Bells Are Ringing") by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne

Tom Andersen: "Let It Be Me" by Gilbert Becaud, MAnn Curtis and Pierre Delanoe

Graham Phillips: "Giants in the Sky" ("Into the Woods") by Stephen Sondheim

Jim Caruso: "A Song for My Friends" by Glen Kelly

Nick Adams: "Come to Me, Bend to Me" ("Brigadoon") by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe

Jack Donahue: "But Not for Me" ("Girl Crazy") by George and Ira Gershwin

Paolo Montalban: "Close Upon the Hour" ("The King of Hearts") by Peter Link and Jacob Brackman

Tom Postilio
and Mickey Conlon: "Me and My Shadow" by Billy Rose, Al Jolson and Dave Dreyer

Jonathan Groff: "The Sound of Music" medley by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers

Zak Resnick: "The Streets of Dublin" ("A Man of No Importance") by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Cody Green: "The Best Is Yet to Come" by Carolyn Leigh and Cy Coleman

Kevin Earley: "This Nearly Was Mine" ("South Pacific") by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers

Seth Rudetsky: "Deconstructing Broadway: Leading Ladies' Songs vs. Leading Men's"

James Barbour: "If I Can't Love Her" ("Beauty and the Beast") by Tim Rice and Alan Menken

Norm Lewis: "Moon River" by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini

The Broadway at Birdland series is presented by Jim Caruso's Cast Party, an open mic/variety show, which follows each concert.

Photos by Linda Lenzi

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
John Tartaglia (Host)

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Jonathan Groff

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Tony Yazbeck

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Michael Kadin Craig

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Jim Caruso

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Zak Resnick

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Cody Green

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Jack Donahue

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Paolo Montalban

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
James Barbour

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Kevin Earley

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Nicholas Rodriguez

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Graham Phillips

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Tom Postilio

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Tom Andersen

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Wayman Wong (Producer)

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
John Tartaglia, Jonathan Groff and Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Michael Kadin Craig, Jim Caruso and Zak Resnick

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Cody Green and Tony Yazbeck

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Cody Green and Wayman Wong

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Cody Green and Tom Andersen

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
James Barbour and Paolo Montalban

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Tom Andersen and Jack Donahue

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Tom Andersen and Wayman Wong

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Graham Phillips and Nicholas Rodriguez

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Frank Conway and Alan Muraoka

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Tom Andersen, Graham Phillips, Nick Adams and John Tartaglia

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Cody Green and Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Tom Andersen, Jonathan Groff, Cody Green and John Tartaglia

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Tom Andersen, Tom Postilio and Jack Donahue

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Jonathan Groff and Paolo Montalban

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Jonathan Groff, Yolanda Culler and Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
John Tartaglia and Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
John Tartaglia, Jonathan Groff, Nick Adams and Cody Green

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
John Tartaglia, Jonathan Groff, Nick Adams and Paolo Montalban

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
John Tartaglia, Jonathan Groff, Nick Adams, Alix Caps (Stage Manager) and Paolo Montalban

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Norm Lewis, Nick Adams, Cody Green and Paolo Montalban

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Mickey Conlon and Tom Postilio

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Graham Phillips and Wayman Wong

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Norm Lewis and Zak Resnick

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Norm Lewis and Jonathan Groff

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Zak Resnick, Nick Adams and Michael Kadin Craig

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Kevin Earley and James Barbour

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Graham Phillips and Ariana Grande

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
John Tartaglia, Seth Rudetsky (Musical Director) and Alan Muraoka (Director)

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
James Barbour and Wayman Wong

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Nick Adams and Tony Yazbeck

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Henry Hodges, Ariana Grande, Graham Phillips

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Henry Hodges, Ariana Grande, Graham Phillips and John Tartaglia

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Nick Adams and Michael Kadin Craig

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Henry Hodges, Seth Rudetsky and Jonathan Groff

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Daniel Seth (Assistant Stage Manager) and Michael Kadin Craig

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Henry Hodges and Jonathan Groff

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Daniel Seth and Cody Green

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Tom Postilio, Tom Andersen and Mickey Conlon

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Seth Rudetsky, Tom Postilio, Jonathan Groff and Mickey Conlon

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Alan Muraoka and Paolo Montalban

Photo Coverage: 'THE LEADING MEN IV' Benefit Concert at Birdland
Zak Resnick and James Barbour

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